Air Filters: Disposable vs. Reusable

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We all know how important air filters are in protecting our air conditioning equipment and keeping our air clean. Without them, our systems would be a free-for-all for dust, dirt, pet dander and harmful microorganisms.

While they all serve a common purpose, not all air filters are created equal. In fact, when it comes to choosing the right filter for your system, you may have more options than you realized. From fiberglass to polyester, to high-efficiency and more… the range of possibilities can be a little overwhelming. You can simplify the decision, however, by first deciding whether to go with a disposable or reusable filter. Here’s everything you need to know about these two types of debris and allergen blocking devices.

Disposable Air Filters

Pros: While disposable filters must be replaced about once a month, changing them out is easy. Just remove the dirty filter, slide the new one into position, and you’re done! When disposable filters are changed out regularly, they are highly efficient at catching and trapping debris. Typically, disposable filters have higher MERV ratings than reusable filters, meaning they are more efficient. Disposable filters can also be very inexpensive, depending on the type you go with. A standard fiberglass filter will only cost you a few bucks!

Cons: Some people may find purchasing a new air filter every month more of a hassle than cleaning a reusable one. Also, if you decide to go with a pricier material, expenses could add up, making it less cost-effective than using reusable filters. Because you are throwing them away each month, you might consider disposable filters less environmentally friendly than reusable ones.

Reusable Air Filters

Pros: While reusable filters require cleaning just as often as disposable filters require replacement, they will save you a trip to the store each month. A reusable filter can be manually cleaned and dried in your home. While reusable filters will cost a little more upfront, you may save money in the long run, since you will not have to replace them as often. If cleaned regularly, a reusable filter can last up to five years.

Cons: Even with regular cleaning, a reusable filter will become less efficient over time, as debris hardens on it. And unless you are extremely thorough, the filter may not come completely clean. Another problem is that if you put a reusable filter back in your air handler before it is totally dry, it might actually attract more mold and bacteria. In most cases, reusable filters have lower MERV ratings than disposable filters, meaning they are less efficient at keeping your air clean.

Join the Filter Club!

If the burden of buying a new filter each month is holding you back from using more efficient disposable filters, we have a solution! When you join The Filter Club with One Hour Air Largo, we’ll supply you with 12 fresh filters custom fit to your AC. With a new filter on hand for each month of the year, keeping your air clean will be a breeze! Call us today to learn more about the ultimate air filter convenience!